English as a New Language (ENL)

  • Jamestown Schools with an ENL program:
    Elementary Level: CC Ring Elementary & SG Love Elementary
    Middle School Level:  Jefferson Middle, Persell Middle, & Washington Middle 
    High School Level: Jamestown High School

    How is my child identified as needing English Language support?
    Students new to Jamestown complete a language questionnaire about languages spoken at home. If a language other than English is noted, students complete an oral interview in English and their home language to determine which language they are most comfortable with. If it is their home language, students will complete the NYSITELL assessment (New York State Identification Test for English Language Learners). This test measures a student's level of proficiency in speaking, listening, reading, and writing English. Students will be assigned a level based on the results of the assessment. If they are "Commanding", they do not qualify for additional services.

    Description of English Language Proficiency Levels
    Entering: A student at the Entering level has great dependence on supports and structures to advance academic language skills and has not yet met the linguistic demands necessary to demonstrate English language proficiency in a variety of academic contexts (settings).
    Emerging: A student at the Emerging level has some dependence on supports and structures to advance academic language skills and has not yet met the linguistic demands necessary to demonstrate English language proficiency in a variety of academic contexts (settings).
    Transitioning: A student at the Transitioning level shows some independence in advancing academic language skills but has yet to meet the linguistic demands necessary to demonstrate English language proficiency in a variety of academic contexts (settings.)
    Expanding: A student at the Expanding level shows great independence in advancing academic language skills and is approaching the linguistic demands necessary to demonstrate English language proficiency in a variety of academic contexts (settings).

    English as a New Language Class (ENL)
    English as a New Language Class is for students at the Entering and Emerging Levels. They will have a class with other English Language Learners at the same level. The teacher will work on individual student needs in reading, writing, listening, and speaking in the English Language.  

    Integrated ENL classes
    Integrated English as a New Language is a class with English speaking students. All of them learn subject content like English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, or History. There are two teachers in the classroom. One teacher teaches the subject and the other is an English Language teacher that will offer supports to students. All English Language Learners have at least one class like this. 

    The NYSESLAT Assessment
    Every spring all English Language Learners will take a state assessment called the NYSESLAT. This test will again check on student's progress in speaking, listening, reading, and writing in English. At this time, students can change levels or reach the level of Commanding which means they are considered proficient. Commanding students will continue to receive supports for another two years, but they won't be as intense.

     

     

     

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